It could have been probably a title deciding fixture in an ordinary Premier League season but not when Jose Mourinho’s side have already wrapped up the big prize a week ago with a win against Crystal Palace.
This game, from Chelsea’s point of view, is the icing required on the cake whereas for Liverpool, it is everything to play for in their hunt for the 4th spot, especially when Manchester United are seemingly losing their ground in that place. No matter what, the game promises to be a cracker.
TEAM NEWS, INJURIES AND SUSPENSIONS
The hosts will be missing playmaker Oscar for this game due to the injuries they picked up earlier. Jose has revealed today that Diego Costa ‘wants’ to play against Liverpool but he will try his best to protect the Spain international all the way.
Jose: ‘Diego Costa wants to play but I will protect him all the way. We need to find a balance between the risk and the desire.’ #CFC
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 8, 2015
Loic Remy made it to the bench against Palace and might lead the line against the Reds. There are no suspensions for us, and the rest of the squad are fit and raring to go.
Defender Sakho is still out on a Hamstring problem, and Jon Flanagan too is out for the season. Our visitors will also be without strikers Sturridge and Balotelli, which might force Brendan Rodgers to play Rickie Lambert in this all important game.
Chelsea can go all out in this game and can display how ruthless can they be as the pressure, in this game is all on the visitors, Liverpool. Chelsea can be in an experimental mode, or they can stick to their old plans. However all being said, it can only be decided by one Jose Mourinho.
On the other hand, Liverpool will be under immense pressure to chase down Manchester United for that much-needed 4th spot that will certainly act as a revival for their season. With a string of wobbly results lately, Liverpool will hope to step up their game and go all out against the champions.
- Chelsea hasn’t lost a home game this season.
- Jose Mourinho has won 8 of his 10 games vs. Liverpool (8W,1D,1L)
- Liverpool have just taken 4 points against the current top 4 in the 7 games this season.
- Liverpool have kept 7 clean sheets in their last 9 away games.
- Eden Hazard has created the most chances from open play in the BPL this season (88) and has also beaten an opponent with a dribble on the most occasions (160)
LAST 5 MEETINGS
Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool- 27/1/2015 (League Cup SF 2nd leg)
Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea- 20/1/2015 (League Cup SF 1st leg)
Liverpool 1-2 Chelsea- 8/11/2014 (Premier League)
Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea- 27/4/2014 (Premier League)
Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool- 29/12/2013(Premier League)
PREDICTED LINE UPS
Chelsea: Courtois (GK), Ivanovic, Terry (C), Cahill, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Matic, Willian, Fabregas, Hazard, Remy
Liverpool: Mignolet (GK), Can, Lovren, Skrtel, Johnson, Gerrard (C), Henderson, Lallana, Coutinho, Sterling, Lambert
Kick off: 1600 BST/2030 IST
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Referee: Andre Marriner
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Edited By: Harshal Ahire